Published Nov 11, 2010Sure, he talks people out of killing themselves and sheds tears on his album covers, but Calvin "Tip" Harris, better known as T.I., is undoubtedly a badass. The Southern rapper is currently serving his second jail sentence in the last two years, this time for driving a car full of narcotics. Now, he's being hit with yet another legal issue.
According to a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution [via MTV News], T.I. and his associates are being sued for allegedly beating and detaining studio technician Norris Gresham for 12 hours over a missing necklace. The lawsuit suggests that rapper Michael Render (formerly known as Killer Mike) couldn't find his gold diamond-encrusted necklace and medallion in Echo Studios, and Gresham took the blame in the form of physical violence.
While T.I. wasn't present during the altercation, he is the owner of Echo Studios and was allegedly sent texts, emails and videos as the violence went down. Allegedly, one of the men present produced a gun and threatened to kill Gresham. Instead, one of the Echo managers persuaded the man to beat Gresham instead. They allegedly pushed him down the stairs and knocked out two of his teeth. "T.I. did nothing to stop or prevent the assault," the lawsuit adds.
The alleged incident took place on September 8, just weeks before T.I. was sentenced to 11 more months in prison.